Do you believe in serendipity? It often seems to me that the things which occur seem to be just the right thing - even if I don't know it at the time, I do believe that life's twists and turns have their purpose. That the lows help us value the highs. I experience lots of moments of unexpected happiness, small snatches of joy, which catch me unaware. I try to be open to this - noticing when something is wonderful or good, even if it's simply the pattern of a coffee spill that turned out to be quite beautiful - it's up to me whether to decide it's a mess to be mopped up or a chance for inspiration, (or perhaps a learning about the usefulness of coasters).Read More
Underground there are many unseen streams, tributaries and flows which lead into the river itself. On my calligraphy paper this becomes a metaphor for the invisible elements all around us in life that lead to the path we find ourselves on. Fragments from Marc’s poems float alongside the inky river banks.Read More
Suspended in mid-air, three delicate paper sculptures strike an ethereal image with intricate shadows cast on the wall behind. Boat-like in shape, with strings attached from the body to the elegantly curved neck, Humming History, Paper Notes, and Arpeggio by artist Nicola Anthony take as their inspiration the traditional court instrument of Burma (as Myanmar was known in ancient times): the saung, a harp carved from the root of a tree and strung with silk.Read More
Intersection is an exhibition of poetry and visual art by Singaporean poet Marc Nair and visual artist Nicola Anthony. The work maps an architecture of memory at the junction of three diverse cities: Yangon, London, and Singapore.
The exhibition is travelling to Yangon this March, and has been five years in the making. Both artists journeyed to each city to engage in field research, resulting in the initial body of work which debuted in 2017. Intersection, though, is a work in progress, and new work will be created on site at Myanm/art Gallery.Read More
Contemporary British artist Nicola Anthony is very honoured to have been shortlisted as one of 30 finalists for the the 2018 Sovereign Asian Art Prize – the 14th edition of this prestigious prize for mid-career contemporary artists.
The selected artwork Human Archive Project (borders are a human construction), 2017, was made using stories gathered in Singapore and South East Asia, giving insight into 20 individuals who have left their homeland and loved ones behind to work here as construction workers and domestic workers.Read More
There was a moment which made my senses tingle as I saw the final print of this artwork emerge on its gorgeous paper, thanks to the printing experts at NPE Art Residency whilst I was artist-in-residence there. It is my first digital fine art print in a long time, (an exclusive edition of 15, available here). I want to share with you the journey of this artwork...Read More
The Hotlotz Auction features limited edition prints of four selected artworks by Nicola Anthony. There will also be prints from Kusama, Picasso, Marc ChagaLl and local Singaporean artists. Click to bid online here or read on below for insight into the creative process behind These prints…Read More
This October, in addition to the Human Archive Project that is her solo exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum, contemporary artist Nicola Anthony had the opportunity to collaborate with fellow Yellow Ribbon Artist mentors Barry Yeow and Kim Whye Kee on a sculptural installation titled Flow of Time.Read More
Great soul is a sculpture created in 2014, which has been travelling the world ever since. It has been selected as part of the Field Trip Project exhibition, at KL Biennale.
There will be an artists and curators guided tour and collaboration workshop with KLSKETCHNATION on November 25th. The Biennale will be open until 30th March 2018... so do visit if you happen to come to Malaysia!Read More
Nicola Anthony, a British artist working in SouthEast Asia, has garnered international acclaim for her work and this year has been working with the Singapore Art Museum, home to one of the most important collections of contemporary art from the region.Read More
Thank you to Home Team News Singapore, for featuring an article about the yellow Ribbon Art Exhibition - this exhibition featured awe inspiring works from our students and mentees, as well as a collaborative artwork by Barry Yeow, Kim Whye Kee and myself. See the original article hereRead More
As my project with Singapore Art Museum develops and we speed towards the resulting exhibition, I have been honoured to meet, be inspired by, and share stories with members of the Singapore community, including it's migrant workers.
This is a story I wanted to share before the exhibition, because it is one that goes further than art - this is a life of an individual, and he needs your help.
Throughout my practice, I have been fascinated by people’s stories, social memory and oral history. There is a warmth and kinship in connecting with people, hearing their stories and knowing that it took a lot of courage to talk about painful or life-changing experiences close to their heart. To understand another person’s existence, their joys, fears and learnings, forms an inherent and essential part of my artistic approach. Which is why the opportunity to take on the role of a mentor in the Art Programme at Changi Women's Prison is both special and valuable to my creative development.Read More
Potpourri – a collection of artworks, which encapsulate the scents of Singapore
11 July 2017 at 7 pm // until 10 September // Intersections Gallery, Singapore
The word Potpourri refers to a scented mixture of spices and dried flowers that is usually kept in a decorative bowl or jar and used to perfume a room.
Potpourri also applies to a collection of seemingly unrelated items, to an unusual assortment.
Scents of Singapore brings together artworks by a selection of artists using different mediums and metaphors to talk about Singapore history and identity.
This exhibition encompasses artworks by nine artists, Nicola Anthony, Eddie Botha, Kavita Issar Batra, Julayla Jallil, Helene Le Chatelier, Madame, Pang, Marc Nair, Tania Nasr.Read More
Today I will share with you an interesting historical fact (plus a couple of interesting tangents). It’s not a religious post but this happens to be about a Saint – St. Paul, whose feast day is today: 29th June.
Earlier this year I exhibited this artwork which features St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The artwork is a symbol of human survival, resilience and courage, as well as making a stand, and having faith in ourselves and others. As a point of intersection between Singapore and London, the former Supreme Court of Singapore which is now National Gallery Singapore is said to take inspiration from Christopher Wren’s dome design for St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Entitled Saint Pauls Survives (Ghosts of the past), this artwork is inspired by the photograph (also captioned ‘St. Pauls Survives’) published in newspapers after the night raid of 29/30 December 1940, the 114th night of the London Blitz of World War II.
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Please join us at this free event, where I look forward to being a panel speaker & meeting many of you there. More info below.
Noise Mayhem: How To Make It! (In the Arts)
Sat 6 May 2017 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Singapore | Register on Eventbrite
I am very happy to announce that from January I was invited to take on the role of Giclee (Digital Fine Art Print) Ambassador at NPE Art Residency, where I just completed a wonderful artist residency in Singapore. What does this mean? I am advising the NPE in-house print experts on the needs of artists when it comes to printing archival, museum quality works. I am also helping to educate artists and galleries on the importance of high quality printing as I have a specialist knowledge in the area, so why not share it? I was thrilled to be interviewed by NPE Art Residency's founder Daryl Goh. Find the interview here.Read More
RURU Gallery x Japan Foundation x Edwin’s Gallery proudly present:
FIELD TRIP PROJECT ASIA
Curated by Daisuke Takeya & Leonhard Bartolomeus
Opening reception Saturday, 1 April 2017, 16.00 – 19.00;
Exhibition daily 1 – 9 April 2016, 10.00 – 18.00
Field Trip Project Asia is an interactive socially engaging travelling art exhibition responding to recent natural disasters. Social media and the fast world of digital communication are making the world a smaller place where what happens thousands of miles away affect us all in different ways. Field Trip Project Asia aims to create awareness and provoke dialogues about various aspects of natural disasters and to connect people creating communities through compassion and art.Read More
A swirling tangle of timeline...
Earlier this year there was a moment which made my senses tingle as I saw the final print of this artwork emerge on its gorgeous paper, thanks to the printing experts at NPE Art Residency. It is my first digital fine art print in a long time, (an exclusive edition of 15, available at Intersections Gallery). I want to share with you the journey of this artwork... I had been working on sketches and maps of connections, creating vast drawings of webbed, intersecting lines. The artwork pairs with a poem called 'Museum of London' by Marc Nair. With my traditional pen on paper technique I drew my ideas from the lines on our palm which some people believe map our destiny; the interconnections on a family tree or a social network which map our now and our beginnings; as well as timelines which span back into history to connect us to multiple versions of the past.Read More
"The elements that stir us to make art are flickering moments: a brief flash of recognition, a hint of scent memory, a nexus of discovery. Above all, an intersection."
A travelling project which spanned Yangon (Myanmar) London city wall (UK), and Kampong Glam (Singapore). Funded by National Arts council (Singapore) and hosted at Intersections Gallery.
Intesection is a new body of work. Visual art created by Nicola Anthony, poetry created by Marc Nair.Read More